How to maintain your flat roof

Posted on 20 March 2023

Flat roofs have long been a popular choice for homeowners in the UK. As well as being easy to install, they’re usually highly affordable. However, maintenance is often a key concern with this type of roof. Flat roofs tend to collect large amounts of debris which can put a lot of pressure on them. This can potentially lead to leaks and other damage over time. Read on to find out how to maintain your flat roof. 

4 flat roof maintenance tips 

Flat roofs can be a great option for your property. However, extreme weather conditions such as rain, snow and strong winds can have a serious impact on them. This is more likely to be the case if they’re old or haven’t been installed properly. To avoid problems with your flat roof, it’s important to carry out ongoing maintenance. This will help to keep it looking and performing its best and help you avoid costly flat roof repairs in the future. Keep reading for our top tips on how to maintain your flat roof.

Clear debris from your roof regularly Flat Roofing in Grimsby

Piles of leaves, twigs and other debris can collect on a flat roof, especially during strong winds. This debris can place extra pressure on the roof over time and possibly lead to water damage such as leaks. With this in mind, it’s important to remove it regularly. You can do this using a soft broom or even a leaf blower or power washer. 

You can limit the debris that gathers on your flat roof by trimming any overhanging trees. We advise hiring an arborist to perform this task rather than doing it yourself. This is because it can be a very dangerous job if you lack the required expertise.

Make sure your drains are clear

As well as clearing the flat roof itself, you should also ensure that the gutters and drains that connect to the roof are clear of debris. This will allow water to run freely from the roof during heavy rainfall. If it’s not allowed to do this due to the drains being blocked, pools of water could form on the roof, which could potentially lead to leaks. You don’t want water to sit on top of a flat roof for too long at all due to the damage it can cause. 

Inspect your roof bi-annually

You should be inspecting your flat roof regularly, ideally twice a year. Since winter is when a flat roof is most likely to suffer damage, we recommend checking it at the end of autumn and again at the start of spring. Inspecting your roof at the end of autumn will ensure that it is wind and watertight before the cold and wet weather arrives. Checking it in spring will allow you to identify any damage sustained during winter and fix it as quickly as possible. At Raven Roofing and Repairs, we’re on hand to inspect your flat roof, checking for any signs of damage to the structure.

Avoid adding unnecessary weight or stress 

Whilst flat roofs might seem sturdy, they can actually be quite delicate. They can’t handle too much extra weight being placed upon them. With this in mind, it’s important to avoid piling supplies or equipment on top of the roof. A flat roof isn’t engineered to carry loads other than rain and snow. This means that damage could easily occur if you use it to store anything else. You should avoid walking on your flat roof too. Although less precarious than a pitched roof, you still run the risk of causing damage to the felt and potentially going through the membrane.

Can my flat roof be repaired? Flat Roofing Services in Grimsby

With regular maintenance, your flat roof will stay in optimal condition for longer. However, eventually, damage may occur, ranging from cracking and blistering to serious leaks and other moisture issues. Flat roofs that have sustained minor damage can sometimes be fixed. Small leaks, water ponding, wind damage and top coating damage can usually be repaired quite easily. Although you can do this yourself with some DIY knowledge, we would recommend hiring an experienced roofing contractor to carry out the work. 

Unfortunately, in some cases, a flat roof will replacing altogether. This is often the case if the damage is excessive or if the roof materials have reached the end of their lifespan. The lifespan of a flat roof can vary from five years for an asphalt roof to 50 for a roof with a high-quality EPDM rubber membrane. Flat roofs that haven’t been installed properly are also likely to need replacing more quickly. Signs of an improper installation include water pooling, sagging and damaged flashing. To ensure that your flat roof is installed correctly, it’s vital that you hire a reputable roofing firm in Louth. Take your time to ensure you choose experienced roofers near you.

Flat roofs in Louth

At Raven Roofing and Repairs, we regularly install, repair and maintain flat roofs in Louth. Our team of roofing specialists are on hand to inspect your roof and identify any problems with it. We will let you know if we can repair the damage or if a roof replacement is necessary. You can rest assured that we provide a professional and trustworthy service here at Raven Roofing, always offering the best, most cost-effective solution. Our prices are highly competitive too, making our services accessible to customers with various budgets.

Contact us 

Whether you need us to inspect, repair or install a flat roof in Louth, get in touch. You can reach us by calling 01507 640 072 or by sending us a message via our website. One of our friendly team is on hand to discuss your roofing requirements, provide you with a competitive quote or advise you on how to maintain your flat roof. 

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Shawn Bosworth
Chris and his apprentice were brilliant! Came out in the miserable rain and made my roof water tight again. I had several quotes from other roofers, cowboys trying to milk my desperation for silly money. Chris was honest, fair and reasonably priced. Highly recommended, thanks!
mark appleby
Extremely Happy with Job!Chris, Quickly assessed the roof and gave options on what could be done.Once Date Agreed, delivered on time with a very professional looking job. Job was in Feb and Chris and Team went out of their way to get the job done even though weather was bad at end of week. They left Work area very clean. Highly reccomend them!
Bev Barley
Thanks for doing a first class job would highly recommend Chris for a job well done
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Mike Downs
Fantastic, would recommend to anyone who needs roof work. Polite, helpful and super fast. Thanks so much.
Lisa McMahon
Had a leak from my roof. Chris came out the same day althoughthe weather wasn't good. He surveyed the roof and found the problem immediately (a tile had slipped), took photo's before and after replacing the slipped tile. I asked how much I owed him - he said there was NO charge as it was a quick repair. What a lovely, kind, genuine guy! Would highly recommended him and his company.
Roland Packer
We recently had the roof on our extension replaced by raven roofing. Chris and his young helper couldn't have been more helpful. Work done to a very high standard. Quote honoured to the penny. Genuinely nice people and a real pleasure to do business with. Will definitely call them for the services they offer, when needed.
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Can’t recommend this company enough. Did a great job on our roof , very friendly team , punctual, good quality work and good value for money . Many thanks
Carol Howden
Very friendly team and carried out a great job. Arrived and just got on with the job. Looks great
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Competitive price and excellent workmanship.Highly recommended.
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John Hornsby
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Margaret Dabb
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Zoe Gibbons
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Alan Grosschmidt
Would Recommend Raven Roofing.We had new gutters and facias fitted all round the house.We were really pleased with the completed job.I did point out a minor oversight, which Chris promptly dealt with.The quote for the job was very competitive and I doubt you could get it done cheaper.So deserves 5 Stars.
Andrea Goforth
Was very happy with the prompt, professional, and friendly service provided by this company . They were so quick to help me out and repair a badly storm damaged roof. It is such a joy to have a service provider come when they say they will! Reasonable price and good quality workmanship too . Thank you, Raven Roofing .
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Mike Prior
they repaired a dislodged tile free of charge. Just asked To be remembered for other works and telling my friends
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Had a skylight fitted. Excellent service, fitted my job in even though extremely busy. Was absolutely delighted the attention to detail was perfect. Made sure everything was tidied up and taken away. Thank you again. Would highly recommend.
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Peter Hogarth
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Derek Coates
Chris promptly repaired the front guttering which is now ok.
Lee Popham
Rang raven to come and fix my roof after last months storm, came next day and repaired, very happy with service and price, will definitely use again.
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Steve Nowell
I recently had repairs done to my roof. The response and service were excellent, nothing was too much trouble and the work carried out effectively and efficiently
Kelly Brewer
Excellent service, recently had repairs carried out on my house roof, Chris was really friendly, work carried out to a great standard at a great price 🙂
We have used Raven Roofing several times for small repairs as we didn't want to go to the expense of a new roof, but recent torrential rain forced us to accept we needed a new roof. We were dreading the bill but Raven Roofing were very reasonable (not sure if I'm allowed to say how much).The scaffolding arrived and was put up promptly, Raven Roofing arriving a couple of days later to start work, the only delays were due to bad weather and Raven Roofing contacted us to let us know about any delays which we really liked, usually builders don't bother. Raven roofing were polite, friendly and courteous at all times.Out roof was completely stripped and replaced in a week, all rubbish was removed and the gardens left looking tidy.The roof itself looks fantastic...we are very very pleased and highly recommend Raven Roofing.